By LARRY VAUGHT
Boom Williams says he is 100 percent healthy and that’s good news for the Kentucky offense.
Williams, a junior running back, injured his elbow against Louisville in UK’s final game last year and missed most of spring practice. He could not have contact but did participate in some drills and watched film.
“It should be very fun to go out there and do the things with my teammates. I just want to go out there and practice and get back in rhythm,” Williams, who rushed for 855 yards and six scores in 10 games last year, said Friday at UK’s Media Day.
Williams, who led the Cats in rushing last season with 121 carries for 855 yards and six touchdowns in just 10 games, said it was difficult to sit out and miss so much of the spring.
New offensive coordinator Eddie Gran wants Williams to get through preseason practice healthy. Williams has also had to deal with the recent unexpected death of his younger sister.
“He’s got to make sure that he understands and can protect our quarterback when need be and that he can understand the run game. And he’s kept up with it. He just needs to be healthy and get through this,” Gran said. “He’s going to lean on his teammates and his family right now.
“That’s a tough deal that he went through and you can’t even imagine it unless it happens to you. So he’s going through a lot, but what we’ve talked about was that you have to move on and he’s done that. He’s been unbelievable and hopefully we can help him through that and he can stay healthy. ”